Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various primates of the infraorder Lemuriformes of Madagascar and adjacent islands, having elongated lower incisors and nails on all digits except the second toe of the hind foot.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of Lemuridæ and Lemurinæ.
  • noun A member of the genus Lemur, in the widest sense; anylemurine, lemuroid, or prosimian.
  • noun Some animal like a lemur. See flying-lemur and Galeopithecus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of a family (Lemuridæ) of nocturnal mammals allied to the monkeys, but of small size, and having a sharp and foxlike muzzle, and large eyes. They feed upon birds, insects, and fruit, and are mostly natives of Madagascar and the neighboring islands, one genus (Galago) occurring in Africa. The slow lemur or kukang of the East Indies is Nycticebus tardigradus. See galago, indris, and colugo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any prosimian of the infraorder Lemuriformes, native only to Madagascar and some surrounding islands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Lemur, genus name, back-formation from Latin Lemurēs, lemures (from their ghostly appearance and their nocturnal habits).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin lemurēs (pl. only), "spirits of the night" (probably from the animals' nocturnal behaviour/behavior and large, reflective eyes).

Examples

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  • Aren't they just the greatest? *sigh*

    Lemurs.

    April 15, 2009

  • I always defer to the lemur allure.

    April 15, 2009

  • You know, besides having one of the best Wordie user names evah, AbraxasZugzwang sure had some great lists.

    I miss AbraxasZugzwang. I miss uselessness.

    Sigh.

    April 15, 2009

  • Unlike some other primates, lemurs do not have prehensile tails (they cannot hang by their tails from trees like monkeys) but they do have long, wet noses.

    – from the Lemurs.us website, "Lemur Basics".

    April 15, 2009

  • This is one of the weirdest descriptions ever: a characteristic that they don't have while "some others" do.

    April 15, 2009

  • Besides those moist noses, they also have good eyesight and flexible hands and feet, according to Weirdnet.

    *So this lemur walks into an optometrist's office and ....*

    April 15, 2009

  • Mmmm, moist lemurs.

    April 15, 2009

  • Lemur lemur lemur.

    April 15, 2009

  • I made it out of clay....

    April 15, 2009

  • And then there's another big-eyed tropical species of lemur, the Lamour dorothia (see here and here).

    April 15, 2009